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A set of durable glass straws if you like turtles more than the Zombie Kid himself.
Includes two cleaning brushes.
Promising review: “I have made it a point this year to be more environmentally conscious. Straw waste frequently makes its way to the ocean and harms sea animals. It’s been great to see many restaurants go straw-less unless requested and I wanted to make sure I was doing the same at home. These are nice wide-mouth straws and great for smoothies and subbing in my cold iced coffees in place of the standard famous green straw. Very easy to clean with the brushes. Definitely recommend.” — krs5201
Price: $8.99 (for an eight-pack)
A pack of 100% natural cellulose Swedish dishcloths to use instead of the notoriously germ-ridden sponge and extremely wasteful paper towel.
Promising review: “These are awesome and I don’t know why I didn’t learn to use these in the kitchen and bathroom ages ago. They wipe down countertops, sinks, and everything, leaving hardly any water behind and pick up even the smallest of debris, lint etc. These are great quality and just as good as the Wet-It Branch.” — Shopper56
Price: $15.99 (for three; available in 12 designs)
A sleek compost bin with an adjustable air vent you can mount on your cabinet door if you prefer to keep it out of sight. (Though, it’s far from an eyesore!)
Promising review: “I never knew how awful my metal compost bin was until I got this beauty! Easy to open with one hand, the bag stays in place, and it’s lightweight. Everything that’s wrong with the traditional countertop compost bin, this bin solves. Life changing.” — Emma
A roomy canvas tote to take along to the grocery store so there’s no need to get a plastic bag at checkout.
Promising review: “This has become my go-to day bag. The canvas is sturdy and easily carries two large library books without any sign of stress. I love that it is machine-washable. The bag snaps securely closed and is easy to pack on long trips. I have already gifted one to a friend.” — student09
Get it from Amazon for
$32+ (available in seven colorways).
A waterproof Bluetooth speaker designed with FSC-certified wood and recyclable aluminum housing.
Promising review: “Amazing sound quality for its size. My daughter had asked for a wireless speaker and wanted the expensive Pill. She borrowed a Pill from a friend and I bought her this model from House of Marley. This sounded better than the Pill. Better bass, better overall sound; she has used it for weeks and still has not had to recharge the battery. This is a great deal.” — P. Lamarine
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A set of washable mesh bags to hold your produce while you grab your weekly groceries.
Promising review: “We have had these bags for almost three years at this point (bought in 2010). We use them when we go food shopping for all sorts of produce, as well as nuts and other items from the bulk aisle. They are great for farmers market’s trips, too. We use them to transport from store/market to home and then for carrying nuts around during the day for snacking. They have been proven as very durable. There are no holes or rips in any of the bags.” — MariaSmiles
Price: $12.99 (for a set of five)
A variety pack of tasty gum that’ll cut out the wasteful plastic — Simply Gum uses packaging made of wild harvested chicle (tree sap).
Promising review: “With most gum, the flavor only lasts a few minutes at most — this is where Simply Gum pulls ahead of regular gum. Instead of being left with what feels like a lump of tasteless soft plastic in your mouth, you actually have a smooth, natural tasting gum remaining. It reminds me a lot of the gum we used to make for ourselves from wheat as kids, back in the day. And that’s a nice little bonus.” — m b
Flavors include: peppermint, cinnamon, ginger, fennel, maple, and coffee
Price: $14.90 (for six; 90 pieces in total)
A naturally sourced toothpaste and tube roller from a company that is committed to sustainability and local production to make you finally care about toothpaste. Try resisting this pastel and Helvetica packaging — you can’t!
Promising review: “I love that the metal tube is recyclable. I give this as a gift. It feels fancy. It tastes mildly minty and isn’t foamy. It cleans my teeth better than any other toothpaste I’ve tried, natural or otherwise.” — k.bar
Promising review: “This is by far the BEST stain remover I have ever used. I have a 2-year-old and a newborn so we have allllll the stains happening around here. Vomit, poop, fruit (including oranges, cherries, and watermelon!), dirt, grease… there isn’t anything this stuff hasn’t gotten out. It has also worked on old stains, even year-old stains that have been washed and dried multiple times. I love that you can leave it on for long periods of time (I can’t always get to laundry right away!). It doesn’t have any smell so it doesn’t clash with our laundry soap. It comes out as a thick liquid, and seems to ‘stick’ to the stains. Get it and stock up!” — Katie K.
Read our full review of
Puracy Natural Stain Remover.
A recycled gift wrap set embedded with hundreds of Wildflower seeds — just cover the paper with 1/8″ of loose topsoil instead of tossing it in the trash — so the gift recipient will walk away with two gifts. Three, if they consider saving the earth one.
Promising review: “I just received some more gift wrap that grows! I recently started using it to wrap the organic products that I make and sell for my small aromatherapy business. I have actually gotten phone calls from clients who are excited about how beautiful their products look upon arrival and how excited they are about the wrap that grows! The paper is beautiful and is perfect for those who care about our earth and want to give a gift that sets all others apart. And, just an FYI — even though it’s thicker, it’s easy to work with and can also be used instead of tissue paper.” — Debby M
A bamboo cutlery set that’ll come with a metal straw and cleaning brush (the whole sustainable fam!).
Promising review: “This is the perfect eco-friendly set. The separate pouches make for clean and cute storage. Which makes this ideal for picnic lunches at the park or camping trips! I’ve used straws like these before and love them. They are easy to clean with the straw brushes provided. Please note these work great for your typical 8-12 oz cups.” — Amazon Customer
Organic bamboo nursing pads that’ll also work wonders as makeup removers.
Promising review: “These nursing pads are wonderful! They’ve been comfortable to wear and absorbent without permitting any wetness to seep through onto my bra or shirt. I’ve had a number of rashes, breakouts, and skin allergies during pregnancy that had me worried about the enormous hormonal letdown and readjustment in postpartum recovery, specifically how that would affect chapped, sore, and cracked first-time nipples. These nursing pads have been excellent: easy to insert and remove, soothing on sore boobs, no chafing, didn’t encourage thrush, and were easy to wash.” — Feralpiglet217
Price: $14.90 (for a 14-pack)
Promising review: “I tried a few different eco-friendly bags while searching for an alternative to plastic bags, but they were usually difficult to open, ripped easily, or felt too flimsy. These bags have the perfect balance of thickness and they open very easily. I will only be buying these bags from now on!” — E
Price: $5.95+ (available in four sizes)
Bee’s Wrap, for a smart and sustainable way to store your leftovers.
Promising review: “Wow, I love this!! All you have to do is wrap it over what you want to cover and press your hands around it a little and it sticks. It smells amazing and is easy to wash, reshape, and reuse.” — Grace Marie Norberg
Price: $18 (for a set of three)
A totally decomposable razor with a bamboo handle to combat the estimated 2 billion razors thrown into landfills every year.
Promising review: “I️ purchased this razor because I wanted to be more eco-friendly and loved the idea of a reusable, no-plastic razor. Now I’m in love because of how cheap it is: $20 for the razor and $10 for 100 blade refills is so much better than the price of the wasteful plastic cartridges. The razor works great too, which is probably the most important factor. It takes me a bit longer to shave using the single-blade safety razor than it did with disposable cartridges but the shave is just as close and smooth. Doesn’t hurt that the razor looks great too.” — Amazon Customer
Price: $22.58 (+$3.99 for shipping)
A set of degradable wheat-straw-fiber plates that are clumsy-person safe — customers confirm they are truly unbreakable.
Promising review: “Just what we were looking for! Lightweight, microwaveable plates that look nice and are very practical. They are slightly on the small side, but hold plenty. I love that they have a slight lip to them. Helps prevent accidents when carrying food from one place to another.” — Kyle W.
Price: $21.59 (for a three-pack)
A pack of long-lasting and biodegradable plant-based sponges without added colors and chemicals.
Promising review: “These are really great sponges. It really bugs me when people complain that environmentally friendly products aren’t as effective as their ‘conventional’ counterparts. Does this sponge last as long as a Scotch-Brite regular sponge? No. But it does almost as good a job, and is very cheap for how long it lasts.” — Buyer
Price: $3.99 (for a six-pack)
Promising review: “Purchased this bag as a gift and my husband loves it. It’s spacious enough to hold a few lunch containers of various sizes. The waxed canvas keeps its rolled shape, so don’t worry that it doesn’t have a traditional handle! I plan on getting one for myself as well.” — MGJ
Price: $23 (available in blue, brown, and grey)
A natural and sulfate-free dish soap with a very delightful green tea and lime fragrance.
Promising review: “I have been allergic to dish soap my entire life. You name it, I’ve tried it, and still broke out in hives. Gloves help, but if I get even a little bit inside the glove, same result. I decided to try another new dish soap, and search ‘non toxic dish soap’ in Amazon and pick the first dish soap I hadn’t already tried, and this was it! I love that I no longer have to worry about the gloves, and I think it dishes are cleaner. Will definitely buy again!” — PJTB
A low-flow showerhead that’s designed to help save you up to 30% more energy and water (as long as you don’t end up spending twice as much time in the shower enjoying the hot water).
Promising review: “Easily one of the best purchases I have made lately. I bought it mainly so that the shower would have hot water for a longer period. We are renting the house we live in, and it came with a 2.5 GPM shower head and a near 20 year old water heater. Not exactly a recipe for preserving hot water. Sometimes we’d be lucky to get 10-15 straight minutes in the shower. I know for a lot of people that’s plenty of time, but warm/hot showers are very therapeutic for me, so I like mine a little longer than that on average.
Installing this shower head really made a huge difference. Showers now seem to have plenty of hot water. I don’t think I’ve ever used a low flow shower head before, but this one has good pressure for how little it uses. No problems rinsing off soap. It initially takes a little getting used to when you are used to more flow, but to me now, 2.5 GPM seems excessive by comparison.” —
A two-pack of Meyer’s laundry detergent, which is biodegradable, plant-derived, and not least of all, very lovely to smell.
Promising review: “I would give this product 10 stars if I had the option. I’ve used it for years and it smells great, is gentle on my clothes and not harmful to my children. I recently had a baby and was not even concerned about this being too harsh for him. It’s the best out there.” — Lindsey Jebb
Price: $27.06+ (for two 64 oz. containers; available in basil, lavender, baby blossom, geranium, verbena, and honeysuckle)
A pack of reusable baby diapers that actually aren’t totally disgusting!
Promising review: “When I was pregnant with my second child, I looked into new cloth diapers because the cost savings and environmental impact will always be worth it to me to cloth diaper. I didn’t want to spend the roughly $20 per diaper for the BumGenius diapers, so with these averaging out to around $5 a diaper, I took a chance. I bought three packs of six, costing me roughly $90, and I have a great rotation of diapers. I only have to wash them every few days. I’ve been using them for six months with my second born, and I couldn’t be happier! No cloth diaper is as absorbent as a disposable, so you need to be prepared to change diapers more frequently. But all in all, these are a GREAT value in cloth diapering, and I would absolutely buy them again and recommend them to anyone.” — Julia M.
Price: $29.99 (for a six-pack with 12 inserts)
A BuzzFeed Reviews–approved bidet, because it’s 2020 and we should have a more technologically advanced way to clean our butts than with scraps of paper.
Promising review: “The Luxe Bidet Neo 120 has soured me on pooping in bidet-less toilets forever. It’s shown me the difference between rubbing peanut butter out of shag carpeting with a paper towel, and that sparkling-clean feeling you get right when you step out of the shower.” — Mercury
Price: $34.95+ (available in blue/white and white).
Read our full review of the
Luxe Bidet Neo 120.
And a BPA-free bamboo bento box that’s both microwave- and dishwasher-friendly.
Promising review: “This bento box is perfect for what I need. Instead of bringing several containers to work each day, I just bring this. It’s great that I can have a hot meal for future heating in one section and cold food items in the other. Each section is sealed airtight — no leaking. They heat up in the microwave easily. The little air vent helps with reheating. They clean up super easy with soapy water. Well made. Fairly stylish. Great product.” — Chuck Guli
Price: $20.88+ (available in three colorways)
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